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JUNE 2010 | VOLUME 1 | ISSUE 5 Publisher
Head Correspondent Jaymie Baxley
The MMA in Fayetteville
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FEEDback Dark Water Raving The May issue of the Fayetteville FEED featured the band Dark Water Rising (or D.W.R.) on its cover, and at the risk of tooting our own horn, was probably the most well received issue of the FEED to date. The pickup has been phenomenal, online readership spectacular and the feedback glowing. So … toot, toot. Thanks to all those who wrote in and, of course, to the band itself. -FEED I just wanted to wish D.W.R. much love. You guys are wonderful. I have watched you grow and it has been an honor. You are making your people back home very proud. Keep following your dream. You guys work harder than any band I know. It will continue
to pay off as long as you stay focused. (As for) the Fayetteville FEED, your magazine is great. I love the artwork and pictures. The articles are very attractive. Most people just look at pictures and keep flipping. Your magazine keeps us reading! Everyone keep up the fabulous work!
Johnathan P. Locklear via fayettevillefeed.com I just want to say one thing about this band … Wonderful! Where have you guys been hiding? I saw you for the first time at the Dogwood Festival. I was wondering what all the hype was about ... Just to let you know, I was amazed. I have seen hundreds if not thousands of bands in my 25 years in Fayetteville, but you guys stand alone. Very original. Can’t say I have ever heard or seen anything like what you guys are doing. You’re on your way to the top! Just don’t forget about us little people here in Fayetteville! You have my support. You earned it.
Charles Davis via fayettevilleFEED.com Dark Water Rising is an awesome collection of talented individuals. Thank you Fayetteville Feed for such an outstanding article! This article says and means a lot to my wife and I, as Charly is my wife’s cousin. My wife’s deceased brother is the one that keeps Charly and D.W.R. thriving.
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Rock-a-billy artist Unknown Hinson stopped by The Rock Shop and signed our magazine on its naughty bits.
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There’s no way to top that, Drew. While going through the messages we received on this story (and there are lot of them – check FayettevilleFEED.com for more), this one hit like a rock. Thanks to you and your family for helping us keep a great talent among us. -FEED
Random Displays of Affection Totally lovin’ the mag’! Keep kickin’ butts and takin’ names. Woo hoo! Support local artists!
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Why do people keep thinking we’re a soup kitchen? -FEED
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Thank you for the lovin’, Nicole! ... Suddenly feeling the urge to shotgun a Redbull ... -FEED FUSION SALON LOVES THE FEED!
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Thanks for the photo and mention in the May issue. Unfortunately, I did not get the “Feed bump” and lost in last Tuesday’s primary. However, I am your county commissioner until December, so (I) can make all sorts of crazy laws until then (“Tik-Tok” as official county song?)But if you or any of your readers ever need help navigating the wonderful world of county gov’t, don’t hesitate to contact me or
Sorry our bump didn’t help you, Phillip. Instead of sending out photos of yourself holding a magazine, perhaps next time you should send a photo of yourself holding a box of kittens? Cute beats literate every time. Of course this could backfire, resulting in our county’s next commissioner being the distinguished Mr. FluffyPumpkins. -FEED We can’t print everything we get, but we at least look at them. Send us your praise, your pity, and your prattle. P.O. Box 87950, Fayetteville, NC 28304 or email@example.com
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This is not from the editor This is Not Art Not by James Johnson
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This is not James Johnson
A few days ago, the FEED posted a video to our Facebook, which offered a preview of the newly released documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film.” To sum it up quickly, “Exit” is a film about a man who gets too close to his subject, his subject being the mysterious and oftentimes controversial world of street art - his primary focus being one of the world’s most famous street artists, Banksy. Many readers wrongly assume that the reason we post a trailer for a film is because we think our readers would be interested in it, or because we want to encourage readers to go see a quality film. This could not be further from the truth. In the past we have posted trailers for films such as “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “The Runaways” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Why? Because, put simply, we’re evil.
Art by Banksy, this is not clever.
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Now something which absolutely must be stated, so as to clear up some misconception about why we suggest the films we suggest. Every film we suggest, we do so in an attempt to promote any and all activity in the films. We weren’t suggesting you watch “Dr. Strangelove” because it is among the most honored and awarded films of our time. We were suggesting it in the hopes that we could somehow convince some deranged army general that it is a good idea to launch a nuclear attack on a country as a way of protecting our “precious bodily fluids.” With “The Runaways,” we were in no way suggesting this film because it details the story of a culturally significant rock band which challenged what people believed women in music could do. We did so as a way of convincing readers that it is okay to have an occasional drug overdose, as it helps build character.
Oh right, and “Where the Wild Things Are” is just our heavy handed and admittedly blatant way of telling children to do acid. I bring this up because some local business owner, who shall go unnamed, was clever enough to uncover our fiendish plot to encourage kids to take to the streets with mischief in mind and stencils in hand. We certainly did not suggest this film because it is among the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the year, with a consensus of 95 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. We suggested it for the same sinister reasons as other ill intentioned rags have suggested it, such as The New York Post, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and those crazed anarchists working for The Christian Science Monitor. Yep. We thought, what better way to encourage anarchy in the streets than through the trailer for a documentary that isn’t even showing in our town? With one Facebook post, at 11:35 a.m. on a Thursday, when we just knew school children across the city would be glued to their monitors, (assuming that for whatever reason they were not in school), we hoped to unhinge our city in much the same way as the film “Fahrenheit 9/11” lost George W. Bush the 2004 election and the film “Super Size Me” made everyone stop eating at McDonalds forever (how that business remains the number one fast food restaurant in the world despite the fact that “Super Size Me” remains among the highest grossing documentaries in the world, is a question not even science can answer.) This is not impressive. All too aware of what a profound and devastating affect the offending Facebook post (or 28 word manifesto) would have on the fragile minds of readers, the business owner took quick, and entirely rational action, by writing a strongly worded e-mail, making phone calls, and removing our dangerous publication from his business
so as to protect customers from our rash views on indie gospel rock, art, supporting your town, and whatever other kind of crazy anti-establishment gibberish we cooked up for our latest issue. This was not in any way shape or form a knee-jerk overreaction to a Facebook post featuring support for a critically acclaimed film that the business owner in question has never actually seen … Not. At. All. Entirely, super-duper, excruciatingly justifiable response. This nit has been rightfully picked. Now some readers might be a tad bit confused by what could be seen as a conflicting message on our part. After all, how could it be that we at the FEED want so desperately to encourage readers to spray wherever they like, regardless of whose personal property they damage, while at the same time writing at length in the current issue of the Fayetteville FEED, on page five, in the editor’s column, about the city permitting a free expression wall, in which artists would be free to paint in a singular location, so as to discourage graffiti elsewhere? It almost sounds as if we were doing the exact opposite thing we were accused of doing. Weird. Oh, I know! We must have been being sarcastic! It’s a good thing that business owner tossed out that sarcastic ol’ magazine before it could affect any real change. The last thing this city needs is freedom of expression. Disclaimer: As if we needed to actually spell this out (sarcasm has been known to give some people nose bleeds), our stance is, and has always been, that any act, no matter how artistic, which violates the rights of another person (such as the right not to have their wall painted by some passing art enthusiast), is ethically screwy at best. Do we think street art is an interesting cultural movement? Yeah, and we think pirates are pretty fascinating too, but we don’t encourage anyone to loot and plunder.
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Schedule Each month we scour the Internet for shows and events, but we just know we’re missing something. Shoot us an e-mail and set us straight: Comments@FayettevilleFEED.com. We trust that the information we have received is accurate when we publish it, but anything can change.
The Rock Shop Music Hall
128 South King Street, Fayetteville, NC, 910-321-7625 June 2, 8 p.m. Sloppy Seconds, SCHMEGMA, After 11 June 3, 8 p.m. FREE SHOW Amory Sivertson June 4, 8 p.m. Romeo Falls, Evans City Saints, Dreamkiller, The Influence June 5, 8 p.m. Oakcrest June 6, 8 p.m. Sloppy Seconds SCHMEGMA, After 11 June 7, 6 p.m. FERAL ROCK ART SHOW 20+ artists, 6 days of live in your face art! June 8, 6 p.m. Ugly Radio Rebellion FERAL ROCK ART SHOW June 9, 6 p.m. FERAL ROCK ART SHOW June 10, 6 p.m. FERAL ROCK ART SHOW June 11, 6 p.m. PROM NIGHT w/ Prom King & Queen contest June 12, 7 p.m. National Recording Artists CORROSION OF CONFORMITY with BLIND, Age of Despair,
June 15, 8 p.m.
June 17, 6 p.m. June 19, 6 p.m.
June 23, 8 p.m. June 25, 8 p.m. June 26, 8 p.m.
Loudwater Fury, The Ghost Of Saturday Nite Seventh Denial, Within Us All, Embracing Tomorrow, Attracting The Fall, A Plot To Plague The Masses Sub Culture National Recording Artists FRAMING HANLEY, The Veer Union, Transmit Now, Against The Wall, Messenger Of Hope FREE SHOW Pericles Phoenix Down, Betray Your Own, Legacy Kills, Eastern Sky BLUES SHOWCASE
Itz Entertainment City
4118 Legend Ave., Fayetteville, NC, 910-826-2300 June 2 Pre-band Request Show, Breeze, David “The Piano Man” Parker June 3 All Request Show June 4 Rubberband June 6 DL Token, Comedy Zone shows at 7 and 10 June 9 Pre-band Request Show, Breeze, David “The Piano Man” Parker June 10 All Request Show June 13 DL Token, Comedy Zone shows at 7 and 10 June 16 Pre-band Request Show, Breeze, David “The Piano Man” Parker June 17 All Request Show June 20 DL Token, Comedy Zone shows at 7 and 10 June 23 Pre-band Request Show, Breeze, David “The Piano Man” Parker June 24 All Request Show June 27 DL Token, Comedy Zone shows at 7 and 10 June 30 Pre-band Request Show, Breeze, David “The Piano Man” Parker
405 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, 910-437-9905 June 5 Luminoth, Crisis in Hollywood, Goodbye She Said, This Too Shall Burn June 5, TBA All Request Show June 12, 1 a.m. Scum Bum Records presents The Rise Project w/Face Down Mare Of Steel Streifte Geist Final Curse June 19, 1 a.m. Lamb Handler, Transient, 3 Fifty 6 June 26, 1 p.m. Transmission Field, Light Weight Slams,
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Schedule Hollywood Teaze, Along Those Lines, Asphalt Valentine
405 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, 910-437-9905 June 2, 7 p.m. Chris Hurst June 9, 7 p.m. Kenny Huffman June 16, 7 p.m. DL Token June 23, 7 p.m. Ethan Hanson June 30, 7 p.m. Brad Stockholm
6577 Fisher Rd, #131, Fayetteville, NC, 910-423-6100 June 3, 1 a.m. National Recording Artist FEAR FACTORY with PRONG June 3, 1:30 a.m. Fear Campaign Tour 2010
Paddy’s Pub 2606 B, Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC, 910-677-0055 June 2, 10 p.m. Ethan Hanson June 3, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 4, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 5, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 9, 10 p.m. Ethan Hanson June 10, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 11, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 12, 11:30 p.m. Paddy & Bill June 2, 10 p.m. Ethan Hanson June 17, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 18, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 23, 10 p.m. Ethan Hanson June 24, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 25, 10 p.m. Autumn Nicolas, Paddy & Bill June 26, 11:30 p.m. Paddy & Bill June 30, 10 p.m. Ethan Hanson
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3049 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC, 910-339-2404 June 1, 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/DJ Scotty June 2, 8 p.m. Mike Odonell June 4, 10 p.m. Almost Perfect June 5, 10 p.m. Blackarma June 6, 2 p.m. Johnson Kinlaw June 7, 9 p.m. Open Jam w/Silver State, Guy Unger, JD and All Your Favorite Musicians in Fayetteville June 8, 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/DJ Scotty June 9, 8 p.m. Mike Odonell June 11, 10 p.m. Automag June 12, 2 p.m. Crush N Run June 13, 2 p.m. Johnson Kinlaw June 14, 9 p.m. Open Jam w/Silver State, Guy Unger, JD and All Your Favorite Musicians in Fayetteville June 15, 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/DJ Scotty June 16, 8 p.m. Mike Odonell June 18, 10 p.m. On Tap June 19, 10 p.m. Valhalla June 20, 2 p.m. Johnson Kinlaw June 21, 9 p.m. Open Jam w/Silver State, Guy Unger, JD and All Your Favorite Musicians in Fayetteville June 22, 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/DJ Scotty June 23, 8 p.m. Mike Odonell June 25, 10 p.m. Reactor June 26, 10 p.m. Third Degree June 27, 2 p.m. Johnson Kinlaw June 28, 9 p.m. Open Jam w/Silver State, Guy Unger, JD and All Your Favorite Musicians in Fayetteville June 29, 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/DJ Scotty June 30, 8 p.m. Mike Odonell
3983 Sycamore Dairy Road, Fayetteville, NC, 910-323-2400 June 4, 9 p.m. Erik Smallwood June 11, 9 p.m. Two Can Jam June 18, 9 p.m. Erik Smallwood June 28, 9 p.m. Two Can Jam
300 E. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510, 919-967-9053 Times listed are for doors opening, shows begin one hour after
June 2, 8 p.m. June 3, 8 p.m.
Noot D’Noot Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Legendary Shack Shakers June 4, 7:30 p.m. Woods Charter School Benefit, Robert Sledge & the Flashlight Assembly, The Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band, Great Big Gone June 7, 7 p.m. Diane Birch, AM June 9, 8 p.m. Langhorne Slim, Harper Simon June 11, 8:30 p.m. Abbey Road June 12, 8 p.m. Dirty Dozen Brass Band
June 15, 7 p.m. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Surfer Blood, Hooray for Earth June 17, 7:30 p.m. A musical benefit for the Eastern NC Chapter of the National MS Society, Whiskey Smugglers, Last of the Great Sideshow Freaks June 18, 7 p.m. Iris DeMent June 21, 8:30 p.m. Life On The Road Tour, Sage Francis, Free Moral Agents, B. Dolan June 23, 7 p.m. Deas Vail, O’Brother June 25, 7 p.m. Dar Williams, Sara Watkins June 26, 8 p.m. MC Chris, MC Lars w/ YTCracker, Math The Band June 29, 6 p.m. Thrice, Kevin Devine, Bad Veins, The Dig
506 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, 919-942-5506 June 1, 9 p.m. Free Energy, Jukebox The Ghost, Miniature Tigers June 2, TBA Drink Up Buttercup June 3, TBA American Aquarium, Bright Young Things June 4, TBA Wakey Wakey, Harper Blynn June 5, 10 p.m. D-Town Brass, Bustello, Erie Choir June 6, 9:30 p.m. Austin Lucas, Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets June 7, 9:30 p.m. The Devil Makes Three June 8, 8 p.m. Native, This Town Needs Guns, Bronzed Chorus June 9, 9:30 p.m. Friendo, Yourself & The Air, The Groves June 10, 9:30 p.m. Songs Of Water June 11, 8:30 p.m. Amy Cook June 12, 10 p.m. Dexter Romweber & The New Romans, Countdown Quartet June 13, 9:30 p.m. This Will Destroy You, Chiaroscuro June 14, 9:30 p.m. Screaming Females, Pink Flag, Last Year’s Men June 15, 9 p.m. Disappears, Woven Bones, Wild Wild Geese June 16, TBA Tori Sparks June 17, 9:30 p.m. Dead Meadow June 18, 8:30 p.m. Heat Tour 2010 w/Thao & Mirah with The Most Of All June 19, TBA Ryan Gustafson, Old Bricks, Twelve Thousand Armies June 22, 9 p.m. Joe Firstman, Josh Hoge, Marianne Keith June 23, 8:30 p.m. The Fold, Gossip Grows On Trees, Jonas Sees In
Color, The Future Is Me Red Collar, The Baker Family June 25, 9:30 p.m. Jill Andrews June 26, TBA Lizzy Ross June 27, 9:30 p.m. Black Skies, Caltrop, Hog June 30, 9:30 p.m. Athlete June 24, TBA
Other Events June, 5 p.m.
Blues-N-Brews Music Festival featuring The Dirty Water Band, Donna Duncan, Robin Rogers and the Robin Rogers Band at Festival Park hosted by the Cape Fear Regional Theater June 6, 2 p.m. Charlotte Blume’s Spring Festival of Dance at the Crown Coliseum June 10-27, 7 p.m. Madame Melville
June 15, 7 p.m.
June 19, 7 p.m. June 25, 7 p.m. June 26, 7 p.m.
at the Gilbert Theater Author of Sharing Chagal: A Memoir, Vivian Jacobson speaks at the Headquarter’s Library Indoor Football - Guard vs. Erie at the Crown Coliseum 4th Friday Monthly Arts Festival, Downtown Fayetteville Indoor Football - Guard vs. Richmond at the Crown Coliseum
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Rookie Goes Pro By James Johnson | Photo by Micheal Dunaway
It’s a Tuesday night at the Rock Shop Music Hall, and the place is alive with the kind of activity that most bars would be lucky to see on a Friday night – not that it matters. One look at the guest list and it is easy to spot where things may have gone awry, as the column marked “under 21” is easily three times longer than that pertaining to those who can actually buy alcohol. “It’s not hurting us really,” commented a Rock Shop employee. “We’re selling lots of burgers, I can tell you that. Kids love to eat.” Since 2002, singer Ryan Dunson, who fronts and essentially makes up the Fayetteville-based pop rock band Rookie of the Year, has been satisfying a different kind of hunger with the release of three albums and countless national tours. On June 7, Dunson will be releasing his most mature venture to date, with his back-tobasics album entitled “The Most Beautiful”. We caught up with Dunson to ask about the new sound, his new tour and what it’s like to come home. June 2010 | fayettevillefeed.com | 13
Fayetteville FEED: What are the big changes that have come with your new album, “The Most Beautiful”? Ryan Dunson: I tried to bring back the pure feel with full orchestrated strings. I wanted this album to have a taste of epic. Also I got to work with people I respect a lot from other bands on this record.
F.F.: You’re allowing your fans to vote on the album’s new single. How’d this idea come about?
R.D.: I wanted to try something new this time and let the fans and friends decide what I should do … change it up a bit ... Also it gets everybody more into what’s going on.
F.F.: How’s it feel performing for Fayetteville audiences?
R.D.: Every time we play Fayetteville, it’s like a big family reunion for me – all my friends from high school come out. Sometimes they won’t even come to the show. I’ll have lunch or they’ll hang out – they’ll hang out for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
F.F.: You guys have been on all of the MTV channels now. Will we be hearing your songs in Honda commercials soon?
R.D.: Maybe – we had a song on “The Hills.” Our iTunes went crazy. We didn’t know it had happened. People started commenting on our MySpace “I heard ‘Having to Let Go’ on “The Hills.” I thought it was a hoax or something. My guitar player calls and tells me to turn on the TV – and like, right when we had the TV on, it started playing the scene with our song. It went on for like 20 seconds.
F.F.: That must have been insane. How does this stuff faze your family? I mean, what do your parents say when someone asks about what their kid does? “Oh, Ryan? He’s a rock star.”
R.D.: (laughs) my parents – Russ and Joy Dunson – their personalities aren’t like one would expect for the parents of someone in a rock band. My dad works at Cape Fear Hospital as a Microbiologist and my mom runs a Hospice. I think it was weird for them at first but they’ve gotten better.
F.F.: The tour you’re currently on consists of 27 dates, in more than 15 states - how do you not get burnt out? R.D.: Man ... I do sometimes … so I’ll lock myself up in a hotel in some weird town in the middle of whatever state I am in and try to do something normal to not have the same “drive - show - sleep - drive - show – sleep” rut ... My crew and I will go see like four movies in a row, or hit up the batting cages. Sometimes we will hit up a theme park. Sometimes we just need to get our minds off of the constant tour schedule.
F.F.: What do you consider this album’s main inspiration?
R.D.: Two things on this new album hit me hard. My favorite vocalist and writer Brett Detar from The Juliana Theory co-wrote a song with me and I wrote a song and got Erika Lauren from “The Real World” on MTV to sing on it. She’s been a friend of mine for years and it was great to work with her. The song came out beautiful.
F.F.: How’s life on the road? Is it pretty tame?
R.D.: It gets out of control a lot but not “bad” out of control. My guys know how to have fun – there were times during the summer when I’d walk into the hotel and the elevator would open and three of my guys are standing there not wearing anything – they’ll just run off.
F.F.: You don’t get involved in these shenanigans yourself?
R.D.: I’m pretty quiet myself … I don’t know. Sometimes I’ll try to crowd surf, which normally isn’t something one would do with our kind of music …
F.F.: You have some fans that are really young – a while back we’d done a YouTube search on you guys and found videos of these teenage girls just singing your songs. R.D.: Oh man (laughs) … You have to have respect. You have to be very careful. The fan base gets young so you have to be careful with what you say and what you do. It’s funny. We have kids in the front row, college students in the middle and parents in the back row.
F.F.: Do you feel as if you guys are “on the verge”? Do you care?
R.D.: You never cancel anything out. I used to do that when our first record came out. I was like, “is this going to make us big here? Is this going to make us big here?” If you don’t think about it – and it doesn’t happen, then you have nothing to worry about … I’m glad I get to write songs and people like it. We play shows, and people come out and see me perform. People can watch, that’s pretty insane to think about. 14 | The Fayetteville FEED | June 2010
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Punches Not Thrown
Story by Jaymie Baxley with additional reporting by Chris Burke Photos by Raul Rubiera Jr
Murilo “Ninja” Rua
The May 15 Mixed Martial Arts fight at the Crown coliseum was kind of a big deal. The hugely anticipated bout, dubbed “Worlds Collide,” would have pitted MMA veteran Din Thomas against former welterweight boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga. It would have also marked the first time that an event presented by Florida based promotional upstart Shine Fights would have been broadcast extensively through Pay-Per-View networks. But, perhaps most importantly, the fight would have signified a major leap forward, in terms of industry awareness, for Fayetteville’s rapidly growing community of MMA enthusiasts. So, what happened? June 2010 | fayettevillefeed.com | 17
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Joel Robinson was gathering concessions inside the Colosseum when it was announced that the fight had been canceled. “To be totally honest, I was pretty ticked when I heard the news,” he said “I had taken the night off work to come to this show.” Robinson is part of a rapidly growing community of Mixed Martial Arts fans in Fayetteville. In recent years, the full contact sport has become so popular in our area that local martial arts schools have started offering MMA lessons and sports bars have been adding televised MMA bouts to their weekly event schedules. Like countless others, Robinson was looking forward to the fight. “This was going to be massive, a big-time boxer vs a big-time MMA artist,” he explained. A small dust up between the fighters at a press conference in New York city this past March only served to further excite fans.
“My critics are legion, I know, but I am hated by many, loved by some but respected by all,” proclaimed Mayorga during the conference. “And no paying fan, at the arena or watching on TV, has ever requested a refund after one of my fights.” Well, there’s a first time for everything...
THE SORDID DETAILS Mayorga’s handler, Don King, was none too pleased about his boxer’s involvement with the “Worlds Collide” event and demanded an injunction to prevent Mayorga from participating in the fight, claiming contract exclusivity. Shine Fights countered that King only held domain over Mayorga’s boxing career and, seeing as how MMA is technically a different sport, they couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. After several days of rebuttals and mere hours
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before the fight, a verdict arrived: King was granted his injunction. Considering what an unsavory reputation Don King has (former client and professional lunatic, Mike Tyson, once described the promoter as a “wretched, slimy, reptilian motherf***er”), it’s tempting to pin all the blame on him. However, our sources indicate that even if King hadn’t interfered, the fight would have been canceled anyway. Apparently, Shine Fights failed to provide a doctor for the event and had also failed to produce the full purse for the night’s victor. State fighting regulations stipulate that, without those things, you don’t have a fight. Regardless of who should shoulder the blame, at the end of the day hundreds of ticket purchases and thousands of Pay-Per-View reservations were refunded to disappointed fans. “I had ordered the fight on Pay-Per-View several weeks in advance,” said local MMA fan Demetri Wallace. “In the days leading up to the show it was all me and my friends were talking about, it’s a shame one company’s actions ruined this for everybody.”
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AFTERMATH So is this the end of Shine Fights? Quite possibly. As of this writing, the company’s official Web site is still littered with ads promoting the ill-fated event and they have yet to issue a public statement. At the very least, Shine’s sullied reputation will take some time to clean as venues will undoubtedly hesitate to host future fights presented by the company. Is this the end of MMA interest in Fayetteville? Not by a long shot. After the “Worlds Collide” fiasco, locals are more determined than ever to see a high profile fight in our city. “Look at the message boards, listen to the fans,” said Wallace “People are outraged, sure, but I think that this just goes to show how passionate Fayetteville is about this.” It is still unknown whether or not Mayorga will fight Thomas at a later date.
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“The revolutionary is a doomed man. He has no private interests, no affairs, sentiments, ties, property nor even a name of his own. His entire being is devoured by one purpose, one thought, one passion — the revolution. Heart and soul, not merely by word but by deed, he has severed every link with the social order and with the entire civilized world; with the laws, good manners, conventions and morality of that world. He is its merciless enemy...” ~ Sergey Nechayev
here is a time in every man’s life in which he decides just what kind of man he will be. For the five men who comprise the wildly popular North Carolina death metal outfit, Betray Your Own, that decision was made clear from the very moment vocalist Brandon Snyder, drummer Jon Norris, guitarist Chris Haney, bassist Jamie Taylor and guitarist Justin Vernon first took the stage together: they would be revolutionaries and, if they have their way, the Fayetteville music scene will never be the same again. Betray Your Own began in late 2008 as a
project between Snyder and Norris. Most of the band’s current lineup is a who’s who of Fayetteville’s metal scene, with bass player Taylor serving in both the bands Malicious Intent and Bound –N- Gagged, while Haney, Norris and Vernon were all at some point involved with the now defunct Slamhandle. Though all five members are veterans of the metal scene, as the final lineup took shape and the music matured it became obvious that Betray Your Own was an entirely different animal. The men crafted a sound which combined traditional metal sensibilities with death metal energy and
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a hardcore edge. The band members themselves have trouble describing the exact sound even to a metal aficionado. “That is truly the hardest question to answer,” said Snyder who, though weaned on nu metal bands such as Korn growing up, has become a connoisseur of many different music genres. “We like to have hooks, repeating parts, memorable stuff...” “It’ll make you want to punch your mom in the face,” Haney joked. Though initially unknown in the Raleigh music scene, Betray Your Own began to build a loyal following by playing live shows at every opportunity offered and opening for several national acts. However, with the majority of the band still living in Fayetteville, Betray Your Own could no longer ignore that scene. “(At the time) it seemed like
Fayetteville was completely into deathcore ...everyone sounded like another band,” said Haney. “Everything sounded like it had been done before and, honestly, in this type of music it is hard to stand out. We wanted to touch on old school metal and mix it with the new school sound.” The experiment paid off when the band finally released their self titled debut E.P. in late 2009 to much fanfare. The success of the E.P. led to the group being signed by the North Carolina based indie label Choke ‘Em Records the month after its release. “We still do a ton of the work but having a label behind us, even a small one, makes a big difference,” said Haney. “They have done a lot to promote us online. It’s cool to go play a show in Virginia or Greensboro with a crowd of more than 200 people who are already fans of your music.”
Currently the band is in the process of writing what will be their first full length album which they intend to release later this summer. In the meantime the men will continue to challenge perceptions of what metal can be as well as indoctrinate fresh zealots into their army of revolutionaries by embracing the new Fayetteville music scene that they’d helped to create. “We love that the scene is coming back,” said Snyder. “Now we have bands like Legacy Kills, Phucket Underwater, Gandhi is Never Wrong Twice...it has gotten so that everyone supports everyone else. In Raleigh it is like, if we don’t know you, we don’t like you. It’s not like that here.”
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Au Naturel with Vincent Moon By James Johnson | Courtesy Photos
In the past three years film director Vincent Moon has managed to film more than 100 music videos (he claims to not know the exact number anymore) with nationally known artists such as Arcade Fire, The National, Grizzly Bear, Tom Jones and R.E.M, for the low low cost of zero dollars and irreplaceable memories. Moon doesn’t like to focus on the celebrity however. The majority of the artists he highlights are those who he sees as diamonds in the rough. The reward of the experience isn’t being able to say “I had a beer with Andrew Bird” to his friends, but rather being able to make friends with musicians and highlight artists who aren’t normally in the spotlight. Moon’s friends aren’t other film makers, they’re musicians, because in a way, Moon himself is a musician and his instrument is his camera. “Everybody has been asking about the Arcade Fire video. I don’t want to talk about that band,” said Moon. “I don’t care to talk about big bands. I want you to be interested in new people you don’t know. People not fully discovered. I don’t want to work with big people that everybody knows.” Moon was born in Paris, France. His real name is Mathieu Saura. Though eloquent, his accent and machine gun delivery make conversations with him a struggle. It’s worth it however for gems such as these: “I don’t think I could film something with a story … I don’t think the world needs me to do that. I don’t believe that will ever be my role. I am happy to make and discover things, to be a sort of modern middle man. Middle men - those people are disappearing, in a good way.” In 2006 he was contacted by French music website La Blogothèque, who was interested in finding a new way to cover live music. Moon created what he called the “Take-Away Shows,” a series of videos depicting artists performing live with the bare minimum, in a variety of unexpected locations, such as the street, a subway or an elevator. “I do not like those (traditional) videos at all,” Moon said. “I don’t see what the point of that is at all. Why do something that is not real? It is a weird
format. I hate the way music videos are now. There is nothing natural about it. I did one once and it doesn’t excite me.” The result of Moon’s more realistic approach has garnered attention from artists from around the world, and the sunglass wearing, blazer sporting label executives that tend to follow said artists around – the type of middle men whom Moon is pleased to see disappear. His distaste for the human baggage known as label executives is among the reasons he chooses to do his films for free. “These are put together for zero dollars. There is no budget. I don’t want people to pay me for this. That is the only way we can manage and make it … I don’t work with labels or managers, I just work with musicians,” said Moon. “I don’t want them – they are not very useful. This is just a way for me to spend a good moment with people. I will give you a movie and that’s it.” The other reason, said Moon, was to make it easier for bands who hope to emulate the style of performance, as
he hopes to encourage such behavior among artists who might otherwise think a music video is out of their reach. “Yeah, I feel happy about that,” Moon said. “What I am doing is leaving the feeling that you can also do it. There is no budget – I want people to feel that there is no budget. Everybody should go in the street and do something. See what happens.”
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Art We got to sit down with artist Kristi Howard Jones, who creates amazingly inspired assemblage pieces. In these types of artworks one uses found objects to create a sort of 3D collage, turning one man’s trash into another man’s art - Al Gore would be pleased.
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Fayetteville Feed: What is the inspiration behind this awesomeness that you create? Kristi Howard Jones: (laughter) Well I’ve always kind of been obsessed with ...well, you know when you go to a thrift store or antique store and you find something that you know used to mean something to someone? Something that may have cost a pretty penny in their day but it’s sitting on the shelf now for 25 cents? It makes you wonder how it got there. A child’s doll that’s been thrown away what was its life like? Was it stolen or lost? Well, I’ve been collecting that kind of stuff for years and I just kind of try to put it together so that it means something again. So maybe it will mean something to someone else in a different way.
F.F.: Wow, that’s a really beautiful philosophy. So which one of these projects took the longest or was the most challenging? K.H.J.: This one called “Hell getting it Off Again.” It involves a little glass slipper I got at a yard sale that I broke and put back together so that it was the shape I wanted it to be, and I kind of did some collaging with glitter and tissue paper on it, but it took probably about eight hours just to get the shoe the way I wanted. I guess I was trying to make it too precious or something, I don’t know. It took the absolute longest. Usually they never look like I think they will, though.
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F.F.: How so? K.H.J.: Well when I start out, I make a sketch, I have these notebooks I carry around with squiggles and diagrams and they never quite look the same once I start physically putting them together. So it’s always a pleasant surprise at the end.
F.F.: Nice, so if one wanted to try their hand at this, what advice would you give? K.H.J.: (laughter) Start collecting a bunch of junk, I guess? Don’t be embarrassed to stop your car in the middle of the road and go through someone’s trash pile … because that’s where you find the best stuff. I don’t know, I suppose you just look for something that just calls to you for some reason. Objects, especially older ones, have energies of their own. I’ve picked up stuff and carried it home and people have gone, “oh gosh, why do you want THAT?” (More laughing) I don’t know why! Just find something that means something to you.
F.F.: Alright, well we’ll keep that in mind … Do you have any influences, any artists that you admire? K.H.J.: Oh yeah, I really like Joseph Cornell, Michael deMeng, Jane Ann Wynn … anybody that does any kind of assemblage. They all do similar stuff, but much fancier. I didn’t know for very long that people made stuff like this and were allowed to call it art. You know, anytime you’re whipping out the glitter and puffy paints and the glue gun people say, “oh that’s not art, that’s crafts.” So it was really cool to learn that there are other artists out there that do this and there are people out there that want to look at it and that like it.
Although Howard’s art may at first glance appear fairly modern, the style actually originated in the early 1900s from artists such as Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.
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Since forming in late 2006, Fayetteville’s Rogue Roller Girls have become a formidable and recognized presence in the national roller derby circuit. Despite this, some locals perceive the girls as physically repressed, stay at home mothers in search of a recreational activity a little more thrilling than pilates. According to team treasurer and player Mary Jane Achey, this preconception couldn’t be further from the truth. “We’re not bored house wives, we’re all very passionate about this,” proclaimed Achey, who skates under the charming alias ‘Slipknot.’ Achey is the team’s oldest player and has been a pivotal component in the group’s transition from entertaining curiosity to major industry presence. “Back when I started, we didn’t have budgets or anything,” she said. “Now we’re pulling a profit. We run more like a professional business. Don’t get me wrong, we still go out and party. Things are just much more … coordinated.“ While it’s unlikely that anyone would confuse the suggestively clad roller girls for Brownie scouts, some may assume that they don’t possess the inherent tenacity or physical drive to be as June 2010 | fayettevillefeed.com | 31
savage as male athletes. Darci Kearn, who dabbles in various positions under the alias ‘Triix-E Titanium,’ stresses the contrary. “The draw for most of us is in the psychology of the sport,” she explained. “I mean, the more aggressive you are, the better. In any other sport you’d get in trouble for that.” Kearn added that it’s not uncommon for skaters to stagger away from bouts with bloody noses or inflated lips. It’s never a smart idea to judge a book by its cover, especially if that book has fists and doesn’t like the way your teeth are arranged. “I think a lot of people assume we’re a bunch of whores and while we do wear scandalous outfits, most of us have jobs 32 | The Fayetteville FEED | June 2010
and children,” pivot player Shantell Saulsbury, aka ‘Suthurn Hail’ pointed out. “We’re just more socially open around the rink, more extroverted in that context. People on the outside probably think I’m a square.“ Saulsbury’s team mate, Ilene Henderson, believes that people’s perspectives have been colored by the way the sport has been portrayed in the media. “People base what they see off TV shows and movies and think we’re a bunch of troublemakers or ruckusraisers,” Henderson said. “I had wanted to do this for three years,” revealed petite, 23 year-old Stephanie Teeple, one of the team’s youngest players. A few months back,
Teeple conjured up the nerve to participate in one of the group’s open practices. Endorphins were loosed, knees were scraped and Teeple was hooked. ”I’m looking forward to my first bout but I am nervous,” she said. She has good reason to be. For all the baseless misconceptions people may have about her team, one rumor remains a safe bet: Hell hath no fury like a woman in roller skates. On June 12 the Rogue Rollergirls will go up against the Cape Fear Rollergirls at Scooters Family Skating Center (341 Shipyard Boulevard Wilmington, NC).
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With the excellent new “High Violet,” The National has completed a trilogy of albums destined to divide future generations of fans, critics and everyone in between. Fervent devotees will inevitably shout the praises of the Brooklyn, New York based band’s 2005 breakthrough, the brooding “Alligator.” Critics will predictably champion 2007’s restrained, shimmering “Boxer.” But every remaining faction (including neophytes and non-obsessives) will declare this album the group’s best. “High Violet” marks The National’s most accessible effort since the band deserted the alternative country stylings of its under-appreciated early outings and moved toward the brooding, post-punk indebted sound which has now become its calling card. The bulk of the album finds the group refining its strengths while straddling the fence between its two
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previous releases: lead single, “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” is a driving distillation of “Alligator”s finest moments, while the release-less tension of “Sorrow“ would fit comfortably in the middle section of “Boxer.” “High Violet” is a grand, sweeping affair. Flourishes of cello, harp, viola, flute, celesta and clarinet lend harrowing yet understated grace to the album’s already nuanced compositions. Elsewhere, lovely backing vocals courtesy of guests Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon glisten like strands of light cutting through front man Matt Beringer’s shadowy baritone. Not to be outdone by his A-list pals, Berninger shifts past the limitations of his voice with emotionally devastating results on the soaring, string laden finale, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.” Berninger is known for penning veiled character sketches of drunken, wounded businessmen, but “High Violet” often finds him flirting nervously with introspection. On “Afraid Of Everyone,” he tackles the birth of his first child with terms simultaneously determined and terrified. Fortunately, he hasn’t lost his knack for self-deprecating wordplay either. The chorus of “Bloodbuzz Ohio” includes one of Berninger’s most memorable sad sack non sequiturs: “I still owe money/to the money/ to the money I owe.” During a recent interview with the New York Times, Berninger illuminated the months long recording process behind “High Violet.” He revealed that practically all of the album’s 11 songs existed in multiple configurations before being completely disassembled and reconstructed from scratch. Traditionally, this kind of obsessive tinkering can easily turn a hugely anticipated album into a bloated mess (see “Chinese Democracy”), but in The National’s case, the band’s extended studio occupancy paid off. Repeat listens expose layers undetectable the first, second and even third time around, making “High Violet” not only one of the year’s best releases, but a habitat in miniature.
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Books You’re a Horrible Person, But I Like You Various Contributors
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This book was horrible, but I should have liked it. Here’s the premise. The editors of “The Believer” magazine solicited their readers to send in questions asking for advice. The questions were turned over to a variety of actors, comedians, writers, directors, etc. This stellar group of people then answered the letters. Some of the names involved are Judd Apatow, Todd Barry, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Buck Henry, Patton Oswalt, Martha Plimpton, Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson. Here’s the problem … at least as far as I’m concerned. All of the answers are just sooooo clever. It’s as if the people involved sat down and said to themselves, “We are all so clever. We are all so snarky. We are all so sarcastic and witty. We are going to prove it over and over and over again by giving flippant, snarky, clever, sarcastic answers to every question we get. Yay us!” See what I mean? The whole thing is just trying too hard to be hip, edgy and funny. The answers range from the selfserving to the outright absurd. For example, when someone asks Janeane Garofalo about whether or not getting an Ayn Rand tattoo is cool, she replies, “It’s only ‘cool’ if you allow room for an additional tattoo Courtesy: Random House that decries the cynical bastardization of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of rational self-interest by the conservative excelled in their fields. Certainly they must have think tank movement.” We get it Janeane. You’re so something of value to say beyond this tripe. I’d like to intellectual and staunchly liberal. Also, you sure can believe that their instructions were to just be as absurd use a lot of big words. as possible. If that’s the case then they have succeeded On the ridiculous end of the spectrum, we have in their mission, but then the whole premise of the this gem from Amy Sedaris. Someone writes in about book was wrong from the start. their desire to become a fireman. She starts her long Here’s the other problem … It’s not that funny. reply with, “why don’t you practice by setting a few The people writing for this thing have done and said a rather large fires in your neighborhood?” And she lot funnier things in other forms. You might be mildly ends with, “good luck and happy burning!” Again, amused by flipping through this book for an hour or so clever … And how very edgy to encourage someone two, but if you are a big fan of any of these people...go to start fires. Zany! find something else they’ve done and laugh at that. Maybe I’m being too hard on this book. Many of So, in the spirit of the book, here is my advice on the featured writers are people I like in their respected whether you should go buy it: “Why would you want fields. I’m not saying that it wasn’t funny. Some of it advice from a bunch of Hollywood sellouts? Give away did make me at least crack a smile. And some of the all your possessions, become a stowaway so you can get answers seemed actually reasonable. In response to a to Tibet, persuade a Sherpa to take you to a Buddhist query about what happens after we die, director temple high in the Himalayas and then dedicate the Harold Ramis ends his answer with, “The better rest of your existence to becoming a Zen master so you can learn that there are no answers to any of your question is, ‘what happens before you die?’ That’s stupid questions.” Or maybe I should where we run into most of the problems.” I felt this just give this one star? was a great answer to the question. I guess that’s more along the lines of what I would have liked to have seen. Reasonable answers with a /5 funny spin to them. The back cover of the book says that the people involved are those that should never Tasina likes to read. Tasina is also quite critical. be asked for advice, but I disagree with this. The You can reach Tasina at email@example.com contributors are smart, funny people who have
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Games EA & Me: A Medal of Honor Tale By D’Juan Irvin
This past weekend, I was given the chance to go out to Los Angeles, California. While I was there, I not only got to rub elbows with some awesome members of the gaming community and hop in on a podcast, I got to talk to the developers from Electronic Arts L.A. about the latest edition to the “Medal of Honor” franchise, simply called “Medal of Honor.” “Medal of Honor,” which will be released to Windows, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 12, is a reboot for the critically acclaimed series. The franchise has cast off its usual World War II era settings in favor of a more modern backdrop, set in Afghanistan, which is good news: Once you’ve fired an M-16 or an M-249, the M1 Garand loses a bit of its appeal. Now, we don’t get these invitations every day, so without boring you with too many details, I’ll walk you through the highlights of the experience. For starters, E.A. flew me out there, put me up in a very fancy hotel and kept me both fed and entertained for the three days and two nights I spent there. The first day was almost like a classroom session, just with a room full of eager gamers that all wanted to know more about the latest “Medal of Honor.” It all started with Executive Producer Greg Goodrich who was extremely excited to show off the game. We got to watch the “Leave a Message” trailer (YouTube it) that revealed a bit of the emotional edge of the game. Shortly after, we got to be some of the first people outside of E.A. to get a glimpse at a single player
mission that gave a bit of insight into how the story would be told. The aforementioned story centers entirely on rangers and a new type of soldier, the Tier 1 Operator. To give you an idea of how these guys work, think of rangers on steroids; these guys are as elite as you can get. Once show and tell was over, we got to talk to and question key members of the development team. I can’t talk about what we learned until June 15, but suffice it to say that I came away a bit more enlightened. At the end of the day, we piled onto a bus and got to play Airsoft for three hours, which is perfect considering the game we were there to see. The second day was nearly all game play. We got to hear a couple hours of presentations and then it was on. After a few hours of multiplayer gaming, we were invited to a round table discussion with the developers to give them our feedback on what we’d played up to that point. Watching one of them take notes made it just that much more real. To cap off the day, we were given actual swag bags containing a pair of Oakley sunglasses, mouse pad, t-shirt and a custom Oakley backpack. Overall, it was a great event and one that I’m excited to have been a member of. My thanks go out to Community Manager Matthew Pruitt, Greg Goodrich, and the rest of the E.A. team. D’Juan Irvin is the owner and Editor-In-Chief of GAMINGtruth.com, where he and his staff write regularly about gaming and the gaming industry.
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The Vice Q: My last boyfriend and I had amazing sex. We dated for a few months but I broke up with him because the sex was the only thing that was good. Then I met the most amazing guy who is everything I used to imagine the perfect guy being — except for the sex. How do I approach this and not hurt his feelings? I really like him and want this to work but I’m not sure that a relationship can work without good sexual chemistry. A: Okay, let me start by pointing out something you might not be aware of: you’re not dating a penis, you are dating a person. That said, it sounds like you may be confusing sexual chemistry with the drama and emotional roller-coaster of dating a slew of douchebags who knew exactly how to work your panties in a twist without offering you anything else substantial in the way of a lasting relationship. Now you’ve met a guy that you say is perfect in every way, but the sex isn’t great. So what? That can be worked on. Go to the library, bookstore or peruse the Web for a plethora of material on how to improve your sex life. If you’re worried about crushing his feelings or libido, trust me when I tell you that there is not a man alive who doesn’t want a woman to spell it out for him. Takes the guesswork out of trying to figure it out for himself as well as being a huge turn on. Don’t just come out and say the sex sucks though. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to say anything at all – just do it. You might surprise yourself in the process. Think of this as something that will bring you both closer together. Make it fun.
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If you try and spice it up and it doesn’t work and you want to move on, you can do just that. But you want to give it a fair chance before you give up. What have you got to lose? There are a lot of guys out there who are willing to offer you great sex but may not be willing to be your boyfriend. The only thing you will end up doing together is engage in awkward silences between romps in the sack. Then there are guys like your boyfriend who might just need a little push in the right direction. It’s up to you to decide if he’s worth the effort. But remember, no sex unless it’s safe sex. Good luck.
Dawn Elizabeth is a writer, photographer, columnist and avid Facebooker who has an opinion on everything and insists on sharing it with everyone. Dawn can be reached at dawne@ fayettevillefeed.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
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Publisher? What’s that? It’s almost as hard to understand as “publican.” Not just the word but also how my arse fell into both holes. Not to mention the big black hole of musician. When I bang my head off a wall it won’t go away so I guess I’m stuck with it, and so are you. Marshall Waren has turned the reins of this magazine over to me, that’s how much he dislikes me. However, he is staying around as guide and mentor until I can use the bathroom alone. All of us at The Fayetteville FEED are grateful for all he has done thus far. Thank you Marshall. So far this little magazine has received a tremendous response in most circles. I say “most” because there’s always a certain set of folks who always seem to be looking for a reason to be offended _ The usual suspects. Some of these folks may even think we young degenerates have no moral or ethical boundaries as we enjoy our right to freedom of speech and try to inform and entertain our audience. Some consider me the foul mouthed drunken Irish guy. You know the kind of people I’m referring to? They include the ones who believe Jesus only loves them? Well, they are wrong ... not about the drunken Irish guy thing but about the Jesus thing. He’s a good mate of mine and I think He would enjoy our magazine and want to see us succeed. I often ask the Big Man Upstairs to help me make Him proud and I thank Him for all I’ve been given. I often ask Him to help me not f*ck it all up. I ask you all the same. We have a wonderful and talented staff that is steadily growing. Thank you to all who advertise and have advertised with us. We’re working hard to make the ads really work for you and encourage all we
encounter to support your businesses. Stick with us, we’ll make you proud. And now for something completely different … the World Cup begins this month in South Africa. I’m talking about football or “soccer” as it’s called over here. You know, the sport where everyone kicks the ball, not just one guy every once in a while? The United States are drawn against the mighty English. If you’re not excited about this you’re probably part of the group who thinks soccer is boring and for wimps. Well, maybe it is but at least no one laughs when fans of the country who wins the World Cup Tournament refer to their team as “world” champions. I love this country but that reference is ridiculous over here. Anyway, a miracle might be in the cards, chaps. Few know that the U.S.A. beat the English 1 to 0 during the 1950 tournament in Brazil. It was the most famous victory in U.S. soccer history. Just like 1950, the English have some fantastic players but anything can happen on game day. The game is being shown on ABC at 2 p.m. on June 12. Throw your flag over your shoulder and say a prayer for independence all over again. The other teams in the U.S. England group are Slovenia and Algeria so the boys in the red, white and clue have a decent chance of advancing to the second stage of the tournament. Unfortunately, the Irish were sodomized by the French and failed to qualify for the tournament. I will never eat a French fry again.
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